Things Will Never Be the Same: The War Years (26 Fairmount Avenue Series #5)

Things Will Never Be the Same: The War Years (26 Fairmount Avenue Series #5)

by Tomie dePaola
     
 

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Tomie has his own diary with a lock and a key&150now he can write down all his secrets and no one will be able to read them. All through the year, exciting things happen and Tomie writes about them in his diary. Sledding down the steep hill on his new Junior Flexible Flyer, being a pirate in the dance recital, and starting second grade with real art lessons at last

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Tomie has his own diary with a lock and a key&150now he can write down all his secrets and no one will be able to read them. All through the year, exciting things happen and Tomie writes about them in his diary. Sledding down the steep hill on his new Junior Flexible Flyer, being a pirate in the dance recital, and starting second grade with real art lessons at last! Then one Sunday morning Tomie's family hears news on the radio that changes everything. Master storyteller Tomie dePaola takes us back to 1941 and lets us experience what life was like growing up in the dePaola household.

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"...youthful narration, convincingly childlike sensibility, and irrepressible spirit." (Booklist)
Publishers Weekly
This installment in the series set at 26 Fairmount Avenue finds Tomie enjoying a new sled, going to see Fantasia, celebrating a traditional Italian Easter and struggling to understand what is happening in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Ages 7-up. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Part of the "26 Fairmount Avenue" series, this memoir allows children to jump back in time to 1941 and experience life through the eyes of Tomie. Tomie, a first grader, who received this journal as a Christmas present, describes for us the everyday events of his life during the year. We read early on about his Saturday afternoon sledding adventures. The best part of the day is the thrill of tying several sleds together to make a "ripper," then speeding down the hill, and tipping out into the cold, powdery snow. Tomie tells us about his trip to the movie theater to see Fantasia, his excitement of rehearsing, dressing up in a pirate's costume for his dance recital, and the fun he and his family have while at an amusement park. In addition to these happenings, Tomie's journal entries introduce us to important events and people of the times. One entry talks about FDR, polio and the March of Dimes. Another entry refers to celebrities such as Mae West, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. The book ends with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Black-and-white illustrations bring Tomie's journal writings to life. The childlike, pencil-drawn images allow one to believe that it is Tomie, the first grader, who is drawing these as he writes. Excellent as a teaching tool, this book can be used to teach about memoirs, diaries, and letter writing. In a social studies classroom it can be used to look at life during a certain period in our history. Because it is set in Connecticut, this book would be of particular to interest to Connecticut residents. 2003, G. P. Putnam's Sons,
— Cara Mulcahy
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-The fifth installment in the series is delightful. The story starts in January, 1941. Each chapter begins with a diary entry while the first-person text fleshes out the boy's memorable experiences such as a special dance recital, sledding on his Junior Flexible Flyer, and seeing Walt Disney's Fantasia for the first time. DePaola's distinctive black-and-white illustrations add humor and child appeal. The book's title comes from the last chapter in which the author remembers the impact on his family of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Children who remember 9/11 will identify with his feeling that "things will never be the same." A welcome addition to any easy chapter-book collection.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Another in the utterly engaging series in which dePaola recounts his own childhood; this one ends on a somewhat darker note. Tomie (whose teachers still insist on calling him Tommy) seems to recall, in pitch-perfect language and tone, just what it was like to be the kid he was. He begins his story in January 1941 with an entry in his new diary and the joys of riding his new Junior Flexible Flyer down a steep hill in his Connecticut town. He tells one of his mother's sledding stories, too; recounts Easter at Nana Fall-River's (and the horrors of car sickness); and being a pirate in the dance recital. When he starts second grade, he is thrilled to have a real art teacher, who understands that real artists don't copy, and they need to use all the colors in the box. Tomie ends on a sober note, however, on Sunday, December 7, 1941, when the adults hear on the news that Japan has attacked Pearl Harbor, and that war has come. His wonderful black-and-white drawings illuminate the text, and there are pages from his diary (with illustrations of their own) included. This child cherished his life-even the scary parts, like the presence of polio or the giant Ferris wheel-and young readers will find enormous resonance with their own experiences across the decades of time. (Chapter book. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142401552
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/24/2004
Series:
A 26 Fairmount Avenue Book Series, #5
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
384,778
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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"...youthful narration, convincingly childlike sensibility, and irrepressible spirit." (Booklist)

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